MEC155 - Mechanisms:
Studies the purpose and actions of cams, gear trains, levers, and other mechanical devices used to transmit control. Focuses on motions, linkages, velocities, and acceleration of points within a link mechanism; layout method for designing cams and gear grain.
Mechanisms and Mechanical Devices Sourcebook, 5th Edition - Neil Sclater
We previewed the topics for the coming semester and what sort of mechanical devices we are going to take a deeper look at and utilize them in developing mechanical systems. We then spent the majority of the time playing with OpenSCAD and the Universal Laser Cutter. We built a simple adjustable compass for making all the circles we need. Everyone designed their shapes in parametric CAD and sent the SVG files over to the laser cutter to be cut out of .2" plywood. Be careful exporting to SVG - OpenSCAD is unitless and can import differently in different programs.
Quick Compass - OpenSCAD
Quick Compass - Thingiverse
We looked at the basics of machine efficiency and mechanical advantage. We had time to finish up our compass designs, add something to seal the wood, and wax to reduce friction and add a layer of protection. The basic mechanisms we began to discover included inclined plane, pulleys, screw jack, levers, and linkages. We can refer to pages 2-8 of the Sclater text. We paired up to create a simple application of each of these basic mechanisms. The requirements were:
Using OpenSCAD, design an application that can be laser cut on wood of your particular mechanism
Calculate the efficiency and mechanical advantage of your theoretical system and then the actual.
Share your application, design, and results with the class
We spent this class laser cutting our OpenSCAD designs and building a testing rig to build a actual mechanical advantage and compare it to our theoretical. We presented our design, testing rig, results, and conclusions based on how we might improve the design or what went wrong through testing. Next class we will focus on more advanced mechanisms and finish our presentations.
We finished sharing our projects from the previous class and discussing our design strategies and testing procedures. We looked at what worked for us and what went wrong. We spent a portion of the class reviewing OpenSCAD and building some parametric designs to further our skillset. Our final goal is to work on building an adjustable pantograph. The pantograph must:
be adjustable to 3 different scale sizes
able to be used with a 2D medium, like paper, whiteboard, cardboard, etc...
have a fixed point, mounted
have a supporting rolling system so it moves fluidly when scaling objects manually
the entire mechanism must be coplanar
We spent the period discussing our thoughts and design decisions on building our pantographs. Many people found some great resources online to help further build a workable model. Make sure you test each of your scales with a simple drawing to find your relative error. We looked at designing these linkages and some strategies for creating modules that offer quick iterative troubleshooting. The next project involves developing a gear generator in OpenSCAD. You must use for loops to create parametric design. Pages 10-13 in the Sclater text describe gear geometry and tooth design.
Gear tooth geometry is parametric
Gear Ratio is adjustable
Gear has an outer radius
Use a for loop to create patterns
Pick a linkage from pages 6-9
Model your linkage in 3D, use cylinder
Be prepared to create animations on your 3D assembly
We spent a portion of the class working through designing custom gears and a drive system on the laser cutter. We looked through designing gears in OpenSCAD for the laser cutter and building a simple design using a DC motor. Next class we will finish our gears and add a motor driver to test our gears set.
Today we worked through the remainder of the electronics for basic motor driving. We shared our gear designs and completion. The next project will include a variety of mechanisms and require them to work together. You will be designing:
Use a minimum sanding belt at 1" x 10"
Contain a DC Motor
DC Motor geared to specific RPM at drive wheel
Contain a variable speed control using electronics, gear ratios, or pulleys
The table must be adjustable using a hinge or trunnion system
The belt tension must be adjustable
The lateral tracking of the belt must be adjustable
608 Skate Bearing - Datasheet
Building Belt Grinder - Jeremy Schmidt
2x42 Belt Grinder Build - John Heisz
Various Plans for 2x72 Belt Grinders - CNCCookbook
2x72 DIY Belt Grinder - DCKnives
We continued our belt grinder progress, welding, cutting, designing... This project will be due at the end ofthe semester. We reviewed the later mechanisms in the text and compared them to our intial mechanisms.
We utilized this class period for labs and working on our projects.
We looked at Chapter 2 in the Mechanisms book diving into linear motion, control drives, and building numerical control systems.
We discussed differences in different types of linear motion and systems and compared their affordances and drawbacks. We worked on our belt grinder project and introduced the final project, an interactive mechanisms board. Please select a mechanism for class
Choose one Advanced Mechanism to Display
Move with Electronic Control
Interactive with Human Input
Educational Engagement including part labels, simple math, and explanation
Fit on a 2' x 1' rectangle area
Mount on .75" plywood
12/12 @ 5:15 PM in M833
Describe your design & Solution
Share digital & physical designs
Pictures & explanations of iterations
Math behind your mechanism
Choice of interactivity
Demo of your working project
We will begin presentations at 5:30 PM, present until 6:30 PM, then cleanup lab space. Your presentation should not exceed 10 minutes.